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Critical and Cultural Interactionism

Insights from Sociology and Criminology, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen


238 pages

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One of the longest standing traditions in sociology, interactionism is concerned with studying human interaction and showing how society to a large part is constituted by patterns of interaction. In spite of the work of figures such as Robert E. Park, Everett C. Hughes, Erving Goffman, Herbert Blumer, Norman K. Denzin and Gary Alan Fine, interactionism – perhaps owing to its association with the perspective of symbolic interactionism – remains something of an odd man out in mainstream sociology. This book seeks to rectify this apparent neglect by bringing together critical social theories and microsociological approaches to research, thus revealing the critical and cultural potentials in interactionism – the chapters arguing that far from being oriented towards the status quo, interactionism in fact contains a critical and cultural edge. Presenting the latest work from some of the leading figures in interactionist thought to show recent developments in the field and offer an overview of some of the most potent and prominent ideas within critical and cultural criminology, Critical and Cultural Interactionism will appeal to scholars of sociology with interests in interactionism, social theory research methods and criminology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Coming of Critical and Cultural Interactionisms

Michael Hviid Jacobsen

1. Misgivings About Goffman: Social Structure, Power and Politics in the Work of Erving Goffman

Greg Smith and Michael Hviid Jacobsen

2. Upscaling Goffman: Four Principles of Neostructural Interactionism

Michael L. Schwalbe

3. A Call to a Critical Interpretive Interactionism

Norman K. Denzin

4. Dramaturgical Interactionism: Ideas of Self-Presentation, Impression Management and the Staging of Social Life as a Catapult For Critique

Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Søren Kristiansen

5. Critical Interactionism: A Theoretical Bridge for Understanding Complex Human Conditions

Patricia Burbank and Diane C. Martins

6. Pacifism, Gender and Symbolic Interactionism

Mary Jo Deegan

7. Towards a Feminist Symbolic Interactionism

Sherryl Kleinman and Emily R. Cabaniss

8. An Invitation to ‘Radical Interactionism’: Towards a Reorientation of Interactionist Sociology?

Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Caroline Joan S. Picart

9. Symbolic Interactionism and The Frankfurt School: A Critical Appraisal

Lauren Langman

10. Situational Analysis as a Critical Interactionist Method

Adele E. Clarke

11. Cultural Criminology and its Incitement for Symbolic Interactionism: Transgression, Marginalisation, Resistance and Media in the Wider Context of Power and Culture of Late Modernity

Thaddeus Müller

About the Editor

Michael Hviid Jacobsen is Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the co-author of The Social Thought of Erving Goffman, the editor of Postmortal Society; Deconstructing Death; The Poetics of Crime; and Beyond Bauman: Creative Excursions and Critical Engagements, and the co-editor of The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman; Encountering the Everyday; The Transformation of Modernity; Utopia: Social Theory and the Future; Imaginative Methodologies: The Poetic Imagination in the Social Sciences; and Liquid Criminology.

About the Series

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
Classical and Contemporary Social Theory publishes rigorous scholarly work that re-discovers the relevance of social theory for contemporary times, demonstrating the enduring importance of theory for modern social issues. The series covers social theory in a broad sense, inviting contributions on both 'classical' and modern theory, thus encompassing sociology, without being confined to a single discipline. As such, work from across the social sciences is welcome, provided that volumes address the social context of particular issues, subjects, or figures and offer new understandings of social reality and the contribution of a theorist or school to our understanding of it. The series considers significant new appraisals of established thinkers or schools, comparative works or contributions that discuss a particular social issue or phenomenon in relation to the work of specific theorists or theoretical approaches. Contributions are welcome that assess broad strands of thought within certain schools or across the work of a number of thinkers, but always with an eye toward contributing to contemporary understandings of social issues and contexts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General